We all understand how the high temperatures during our summer here in St Augustine affect our day-to-day. But how many of us keep a hygrometer handy? Or know exactly what level of relative humidity is ideal for their home? High levels of moisture in the air can mean that your home’s indoor air feels clammy, and that your skin feels sticky despite the fact that your thermostat reads 68 degrees. Here are some ways to cut down on the level of water vapor in your household:
Invest in a whole-house dehumidifier
Every homeowner knows about portable dehumidifiers. They are popular items that are sold widely in hardware stores and online retailers. You may even be using one right now. But while these can get you out of a fix, they’re not intended to be a whole-house solution. For that, you’ll need to consider a whole-house dehumidifier, which is a device installed directly within your heating and cooling system.
As your humid air passes through, it causes the vapor therein to condense, and thereby drain automatically. You can even control the humidity level via your thermostat, just as you would the temperature. The result is air with just the right amount of humidity–neither too much nor too little.
Keep your air conditioning system maintained
You’d be surprised at what a little maintenance can do. For example, dirt, dust, and other debris that build up on your evaporator coil may eventually impede the dehumidification process that your air conditioner does as it cools. As you can imagine, if your coil cannot interact with the warm air, then you can’t hope to have crisp, cool air. We offer routine air conditioning maintenance that can do wonders for your level of comfort as well as the life of your HVAC system.
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